Why is my Peace Lily Plant Getting Brown Tips?

Hi Judy,
I’m told if a Peace Lily is overwatered the leaf tips will turn brown. The tips of my peace lily leaves are turning brown even the new leaves that are still rolled up. I only water my lily when it starts to droop which indicates it needs water. I’m at a loss of what to do.

Hi Lesley,

Brown leaf tips may be the result of the quality of the water you are using. Water that has too many chemicals in it causes houseplants to get brown leaf tips. If your water has too much chlorine, fluoride, or salt in it, let the water sit out over night before using it. This allows the chemicals to evaporate. You could also purchase distilled water. Another issue may be how much and how often you are fertilizing the plant. Houseplants get brown leaf tips when the salts in fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.s build up in the soil because the plant is getting over-fed. Always dilute your fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. to 1/2 the recommended strength. Fertilize every other month only when the plant is actively growing. Also, never use water that has passed through a water softener, it has too much salt in it.